Microsoft announced $60,000 in annual scholarships for the LCCC Datacenter Technician Credit Diploma. This announcement came in January along with an additional $66,000 donation of datacenter equipment, including server racks and components to be used for a mock-datacenter to facilitate hands-on learning for students.
The Microsoft scholarships are designed to build diversity in the information technology workforce by encouraging women and other underrepresented groups to pursue careers in the field, according to a news release from LCCC public relations.
The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition, instructional materials, and the cost of industry-recognized certifications. With the datacenter technician courses offered both in the classroom or online, anyone from anywhere in the world can be part of this training.
“LCCC is one of only a handful of Microsoft Datacenter Academies in the United States,” Troy Amick, program coordinator for,Computer Information Systems at LCCC, said. “Microsoft has a passion for developing talented individuals, and the Datacenter Academy is representative of that. LCCC’s selection as one of these academies will enable our students to gain opportunities in education, experience, and potentially employment that is simply unmatched along the Front Range.”
This is the first full semester that the scholarship recipients are attending classes. The students attending the program will gain a fundamental understanding of PC hardware, operating systems, and network design. These skills are presented in a rapid-pace course set, where students must simultaneously learn the book material and demonstrate practical application of the course learnings. At the end of the course, the student is prepared for, and should receive, industry recognized certifications including Comp TIA A+ and Server+. These certifications are considered as basic requirements to gain interviews and potential employment in many information technology roles.
The program is designed to provide the student with the necessary experience to gain employment at a datacenter or as an entry-level IT professional, including computer repair, server installation and networking with many regional employers.
The program itself has many benefits for students, especially those for whom time and money are strong concerns. In fact, it can be completed in just one semester.
For more information about eligibility, check out the LCCC Financial Aid and Scholarships page at lccc.wy.edu/services/financialaid.